The next time you do a fresh install of windows and all of your applications consider making an image of your installation as soon as you are done installing all of your drivers, commonly used apps, games, browers etc. 1. install/activate windows 2. install drivers 3. install all updates 4. install apps, games etc.. 5. check your system closely, make sure you have it exactly the way you want it with any tweaks and customizations and then use an imaging utility to create a backup of your system in this state. Now that you have your system exactly the way you want it make an image using one of the following. 1. Native W7 backup/imaging utility 2. Acronis True Image. 3. Macrium Reflect Free Edition. The logic here is that any time you do a fresh reload of a system it takes hours of installing, configuring and tweaking to get the system to a certain minimally acceptable state. If the next time after doing all this work you take 20 minutes to make an image then you will be able to simply toss in the W7 or recovery CD in the drive and restore an image in a few minutes. From the time it takes me to start my bartPE CD to the time I am playing COD4 is roughly 20 minutes. My system is completely restored to the system state of the image including activation.